Five Chicago Public Schools recently won honors in City Finals of the Battle of the Books, sponsored by the CPS Department of Libraries, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Disney II Magnet School at 3815 N. Kedvale Ave. Andrew Jackson Language Academy, Decatur Classical School, and Ted Lenart Regional Gifted Center won first, second and third place respectively in the Grades 4-6 division. Andrew Jackson Language Academy, Alexander Graham Bell Elementary, and Newberry Math and Science Academy won first, second and third place respectively for Grades 7 and 8. More than two hundred students representing 81 Chicago Public Schools participated.
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program that encourages ongoing reading, teamwork and partnership throughout the course of the school year. Classroom teachers, reading specialists and library media specialists spend many hours choosing books and writing questions for each year's battles. Books are carefully selected so that classics, award-winners and new favorites are all considered. Kids are encouraged to join the Battle of the Books teams at their schools, where they can read and study the books together. Not every team member has to read every single book; ideally, each team member can become an expert in a few of the books.
Competing students were divided into two sets of teams: 4th through 6th grade, and 7th and 8th grade. Each school is able to register one team per grade level. Each division had a separate reading list of 20 books and one digital book. At the Battle, students score points during three rounds of competition answering questions about the books’ plot, characters and settings, with bonus points awarded for giving the full name of the author.